While on the subject of conferences, I'll also be speaking at the annual NAMI Illinois conference!!! I'm very excited to be able to offer a speech to my fellow NAMI members on the topic of NAMI, THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN ILLINOIS. I'll be speaking on Saturday October 13th in the morning. However, don't just [...]
There are as many definitions to the word "recovery" as there are people who are attempting to reach it. We who were brutally traumatized in childhood aren't really in "recovery" as we didn't start in life whole, rather we are attempting to make our lives better while living with the effects of having been harmed [...]
Being open to other people about the severe abuse I suffered as a child has been very challenging. At first, I wore a sign on my forehead that said, “incest” and when I shook hands with someone I would announce, “Hi, my name is Shirley and I’m a survivor of severe childhood trauma.” I am [...]
Enjoy the beauty around you, after all, you only get one life.
Whose fault/responsibility is my life? Mine or someone else's?
Just who is Shirley J. Davis?
A scholarly paper on shame.
I write a blog about life and trauma, why?
Why? The most basic question of all survivors of childhood trauma.
Death is inevitable, so why not live?
Words shape who we are as humans. Using them wisely is an enormous responsibility.
A further explanation of just what the hell I was talking about
Why Be Miserable at Christmas? Why not choose something different?
Leaving the past in the past takes courage. Walking into the future does too.
An introduction to future blog posts about the stages of recovery from childhood trauma.